Sunday, April 07, 2019

NZ Cruise Day 5 Wellington

Are we back in Melbourne? Westpac Bank. Toll Transport. No, we are in Wellington.


There'd be trains at the docks, lots of them, slowly and purposefully moving around the port yards.


It was a hired pay bus to the city. Some places we visited pay for the bus for ship visitors. Oh wow, a big city, well a large town. I see young people, unlike on the ship, aside from staff and the odd few youngers. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, situated on the southern coast of the north island. It was Wellington's Gay Pride Festival. Rumours of gay people in Wellington were unproven by me, but then as an older gay man, I no longer have the ability to attract the attention of another gay on the streets with the millisecond meeting of eyes. Gay men, like older women, become invisible to those we may desire.


This would be The Beehive, the national parliamentary building. I waved to PM Jacinda, but she was not in her office as it was the day after the massacre and she was in Christchurch offering comfort and wise words.


I Googled Spark Shop, formerly New Zealand Telecom, and sure enough, there was one in the main shopping street, Lambton Quay. I bought a 4GB data card for NZ at $34? We only used about a quarter but how good was it to have our own data to use. The sales person was very nice and helpful, but oh, how much information did she have to enter into the Spark computer system. Her steady hands slipped the card into the empty (grr) slot, and we had internet. A bit of an update on this, which I subsequently learnt since writing about my SIM falling out at home, unnoticed by me. It would not have mattered even if I did have my Australian SIM in my phone as with the Aldi data, prepaid customers cannot use their stored data for global roaming, which is why R's phone would not work either. The devil in the detail was actually clearly written on the website. Mea culpa.


After sorting out our phones and R's piggybacking on mine, we reached the arcade entrance of the Wellington Cable Car. It is a funicular, and long time readers will know I like nothing better than a good funicular, frequently and often.


Our conveyance awaits..........other people. We caught the next one.


Not many going back down yet.


The university playing grounds. Many students use the cable car to get to the university. The university has a dedicated stop.


Here is a former cable car carriage, set up for photo opportunities in the free cable car museum.


Gosh, there is some seriously high end housing up here above the city.


We can see our ship.


You know why the houses are timber now, don't you. There'd be shaky ground.


A departing cable car.


Pay for a ride and some do, it seems.


We wandered into the nearby Botanic Gardens, with its observatory. I think it was about a thirty minute walk back to town down via the gardens, but we had return cable car tickets.



As we descended, we noticed the university playing fields fountain had come alive.


This mall area was looking very dated and not especially inviting. We found somewhere for an overpriced snack but rather good coffee.


We saw a few of these electric car charging stations in NZ. I can't remember seeing any here in Melbourne.


I found a second service cover to photograph, without the cigarette butts, but the photo was out of focus.




Yep, pop in here, a shopping arcade in the 19th century European tradition.



This seemed to be a lightwell for??? An underground train station? Let me check. Nope, no obvious reason.



We headed towards what I suppose was a civic square.





Same artist who made the Canberra sphere, and the sphere at 2 Queens Road, Melbourne?



Rainbow flags flying.


But because of the Christchurch massacre, today's event was cancelled, along with a significant rugby match.


Renovating.






See the bird hovering on the roof? We studied it from a distance for some time. Was it an eagle waiting to swoop on a stray chip, or a small child? A cute Pekingese? Its movements were quite strange. Once closer we realised it was a fake bird on a stick, dancing around in the breeze.





I think this is bye bye to Wellington, but could be our last departure point or the next arrival point. We liked the compact capital city.

23 comments:

  1. It looks delightful.
    Love that orb (but fortunately prefer ours).
    I hadn't realised that older gay people become invisible just as women do... I should add that I like that invisibility for myself.

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    1. EC, I really wonder if it is the same artist.

      Yet in shops we spend money, but at times are ignored because of our age.

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  2. A very enjoyable post - showing your most enjoyable trip. "Travels with Andrew"...sounds like a good title for a book! :)

    Have a great week, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, no book in it, but thank you.

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  3. Isn't age interesting in so many ways. Looks a great place.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, interesting is one word to describe it.

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  4. Wellington looks very nice. I love that Boatshed. And I really like whatever those things are in pictures 38, 39 and 40.

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    1. River, I expect in the evening mid summer the boatshed would go off like a cracker. Thanks.

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  5. It all looks very sophisticated. I think one can tell a lot about a town by its manhole covers. That one was particularly nice; and no writing on it.

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    1. Cro, interesting point. I don't think we saw any graffiti in NZ.

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    2. Maybe they have a Zero Tolerance policy; not a bad idea.

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  6. I'm enjoying the new S4. The colors are very vivid with your pictures.
    Looks interesting, although I think I would enjoy raw nature more.

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    1. Maribeth, the colours on a phone or tablet are certainly better than on a desktop monitor. We didn't see a lot of raw nature this trip.

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  7. I love riding cable cars. I think I"ve only ridden one in San Francisco. Beautiful view from the top of the hill into the harbor area, where your ship is at anchor. Those rooftop metal rods with all sorts of shapes. Were they merely decorative, or also serve a purpose other than rooftop art?

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    1. Strayer, I really don't know about the roof. I guess architects like to experiment a bit. I doubt any purpose.

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  8. I do seem to remember you enjoy a good funicular Andrew, who doesn't 😊 Love the Old Bank Arcade, tres elegant. I enjoyed visiting Wellington through your lens!

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    1. Thanks Grace. I wish I had better photos of the arcade interior. I should have used my phone.

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  9. It all looks very nice and clean.
    Painted houses, lot of work.

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    1. Margaret, generally NZ is very clean. We've had painted houses. We know, but only painted one externally and did that ourselves. It was the smallest house.

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  10. You saw a lot of interesting things in Wellington. I must have been on the worst tour ever of NZ as I cannot recall seeing anything even though we definitely visited Wellington!

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    1. Marie, I expect Wellington has rather changed since you were there. It is quite a vibrant place with a decent population mix.

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  11. I would like to go back to NZ.

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    1. It is a wonderful country Jackie.

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